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>> this is al jazeera america live from new york city. i'm tony harris with a look at today's stories. an opportunity was shot a--a student was shot at west orange high school in orlando. the orange county sheriff department confirms the 15-year-old victim is being streeted and is in stable condition. >>> meanwhile a 17-year-old suspect has been identified and is in custody. we'll bring you more information as it becomes available. >>> recordings of the 911 calls from sandy hook elementary school, it reveals a mixture of panicalmness. al jazeera will not play those recordings. >>> around 29,000 people signed up for health insurance on sunday and monday. a figure that surpasses the total for the whole month of october. and president obama said the income ga gap between rich and r americans is widening, and jeopardizing the middle class. notic"inside story" is next. >> detroit prepares to navigate the road ahead in bankruptcy. but it's hardly alone in its efforts to solve the burden of runaway debt. i'm ray suarez. bankruptcy lessons learn and the real impact on people's lives
the city is shrinking and broke. to solve its financial crisis detroit will have to cut city workers pensions. illinois just pass emergency legislation to tackle $100 billion shortfall in its pension obligations. that's huge money and people will pay the price. on this edition of inside story we'll look at the trade-offs and solutions when balance sheets teeter to the brink of disaster, and we start in detroit. >> let me just say that the judge has spoken, and i do think it's a tough day for all of us here in detroit [♪ music ] >> once the nation's fourth largest city, the heart of the auto industry and the soul of american music today's detroit is a portrait of urban decay and facing a water shed moment. it is the largest municipality in u.s. history to file for bankruptcy. a federal judge ruled the city is not only insolvent but in a decisive verdict declared that pensions will be included on the chopping block. dave bing is the outgoing mayor. >> the only way we stayed alive, quite frankly, is through cuts. we cut everything that we could. unless there is more investment coming
think, that we respect the fact that the emergency manager has the key to the city at this point in time. my relationship with kevin has been positive from the beginning, you know, we don't agree on everything, but at the same token we do it in a very respectful way. i know there are a lot of people that are upset, that are concerned about their futures, but we are now starting from square one. there are going to be a lot of negotiations yet to come. there's going to be a lot of push and pull. i don't think we have a final determination as to what all of the elements are going to be to get us through this process, but it's a process that i think we need to take a lot of care, because there is going to be pain for a lot of different people, but in the long run, i think the future of the city will be bright. there are a lot of positive things that are now happening. there are things that are in queue that will happen in 2014 and once again we all need to get into the same boat, pull together, as tough as it is going to be, it's important for the future of the city that we get this behind u
>> this is al jazeera america live from new york city. i'm tony harris with your top stories. detroit faces tough decisions after the federal judge accepted it's bankruptcy filings. the city is $18 billion in debt which will include cuts to pensions. >>> the engineer in control of the train that derailed outside of new york city found himself nodding just before the accident. >>> and at the white house many called on president obama to help free alan gross. he has been held in a cuban prison for four years is facing a 15-year prison. >>> forensic scientists in fran say yasser arafat died of natural causes and was not poisons which contradict swiss findings that found high levels of polonium. >>> thailand's prime minister yingluck shinawatra has alreadied police to stott fighting with protesters. david shuster i is in for ali velshi. >> public pensions are on the chopping block. tonight a landmark ruling for detroit. a new legislation in illinois will have big i a implications r retirees and pensioners everywhere. >>> the seismic shift making pushy car dealers the thing of the
. >> a city declared bankruptcy what is means for employees counting o pensions. >> zoned out. what it means for. >> we have no problem nothing to hide. the iranian foreign minister when it comes to nuclear cape capability his cup wil country e transparent. >>> what would you pay? imagine owning a picasso for a bargain basement price. >> it's official detroit the nation's once fourth largest city is bankrupt. the judge said they could move forward with bankruptcy proceeding and try to get out from under dollars in debt. the city's city manager says he will present his plan next year. dianes a he is atdiane is in det ruling. john he wants that plan to be as human as possible. but all creed tors creditors coa financial haircut. the judge gives detroit state emergencieemergency manager to t pensions and sell city assets outside the city workers protested. they called the ruling a death sentence for detroit. >> services for city residents will be slashed and our pensions will be on the chopping block. our art institute and water department may be sold off. the judge said bankruptc bankrue the on
up for work tomorrow. a one-day strike to demand higher pay is expected in more than 100 cities. workers average $9 an hour. 40 wells trapped this >> on "america tonight," in the world's richest nation, why is it so hard for so many to make a decent living? we will look at wealth, poverty and why a minimum wage just isn't enough. >> gas is up. hiring is up but our wages aren't up. >> south of the border, the mexican city fighting off drug and gang violence to give its young people a brighter future. >>> and beckham and the boys, the story behind manu and the class of '92. kiesh >>> good evening. thanks for joining us. i am joie chen. we begin looking at struggles of cities and workers and the future of both. money, how cities balance their economic needs and can protect their citizens. case in point, a fight for a living wage which has quietly quietly grown from a city by city movement putting more pressure on lawmakers in washington, d.c. we begin with a look in the call for a higher minimum wage. >> it was just over a year ago, when fast food employees gathered to protest low
-food workers will walk off the job on thursday. more than 100 cities are expected to take part. >> they want pay to rise to $15 an hour. >> police in mexico have recovered a stolen truck carries dangerous radio active material. in the back was cobalt-60 used in radiation treatment. no arrests have been made, but anyone who touches it could be exposed to radiation levels. >> for students at the university of california, santa barba have been afflicted with meningitis. they have recovered. they may be able to use a vaccine not yet approved in the u.s. those are the headlines. i'm thomas drayton in new york. wells trapped this >> on "america tonight," in the world's richest nation, why is it so hard for so many to make a decent living? we will look at wealth, poverty and why a minimum wage just isn't enough. >> gas is up. hiring is up but our wages aren't up. >> south of the border, the mexican city fighting off drug and gang violence to give its young people a brighter future. >>> and beckham and the boys, the story behind manu and the class of '92. kiesh >>> good evening. thanks for joining u
. hiring is up but our wages aren't up. >> south of the border, the mexican city fighting off drug and gang violence to give its young people a brighter future. >>> and beckham and the boys, the story behind manu and the class of '92. kiesh >>> good evening. thanks for joining us. i am joie chen. we begin looking at struggles of cities and workers and the future of both. money, how cities balance their economic needs and can protect their citizens. case in point, a fight for a living wage which has quietly quietly grown from a city by city movement putting more pressure on lawmakers in washington, d.c. we begin with a look in the call for a higher minimum wage. >> it was just over a year ago, when fast food employees gathered to protest low wages. the fervor caught off and has spread to about 100 cities this thursday. their demand: an increase in pay to $15 an hour, what they call a living wage. amid growing attention to low wages, president obama addressed the nation with a renewed focus on income inequality. >> we know there are airport workers and fast food workers and nurse assistants
half hour on twitter @aj real money. today the city of detroit got the go ahead from a federal judge to shed billions of dollars in debt in the largest bankruptcy in u.s. history. the national implications are huge because it sets the stages for financially strapped cities and states all across american to follow the same path and cut the money promised to unions, pension funds and retirees. in illinois, they ray proved the overall of the pension system and puerto rico deals with public debt as well. but nowhere are the debt woes as dire as in detroit. $18 billion in debt, and estimates $0.40 of every dollar collected are used to pay it off. that zaps funding for basic services and it could rise to $0.65 if $0.65 of every dollar if relief does not come soon. today's ruling allows the city to go ahead with bankruptcy proceedings, the presiding judge said that the city would not have a you blank check. unions are not so sure. what's the latest from where you are. >> reporter: well, david, he immediately the city's emergency manager kevin orr is going to start working on a plan of adjus
at the detroit institutes of art could be auctioned off to help get the city back on financial footing. this hearing has been going on for about an hour now. and the judge put together a 180-page report detailing his decision to declare the city bankrupt. as you can see behind me there are about 60-plus protesters that are opposed to this bankruptcy. they have been out here chanting, no justice, no peace, and no bankruptcy. and they have been doing this for the past four months. >> how many pensioners will be effected in the city of detroit based on these rulings? >> reporter: there will are about a little over 20,000 pensioners, as i mentioned, who depend on these checks. just the other day we interviewed a retiree every month he receives about $800 from the city, and right now he is terrified. it's unclear if the judge is going to make any decision on whether the pensions will be touched or not. but everybody is waiting around here with baited breath. >> what was the judge have to consider in order to allow the bankruptcy filing to continue? >> reporter: well, the judge made some pre
pleases we remain very concerned about the need to add jut the city's debt. >> detroit gets the go ahead to file for bankruptcy. the white house prepares to hard sell the affordable care act, again, and the family of allen gross fights to bring him home for cuba. detroit has officially become the largest city in u.s. history to enter bankruptcy. a federal judge has ruled that the motor city is eligible for protection under chapter nine of the bankruptcy code. the decision clears the way for the city to deal with billions of dollars in debt. but it will also have far reaching implications for its kress tors and pensioners. i have been in touch with legal experts that they thought this was is jut come, and they were right. now there is a goaling that we know where the city of detroit stands now let's move forward. and that was the point that they made during the press conference shortly after the judges ruling. we have a lot of work ahead of us, i would ask our creditors none of which filed objection to our eligibility, but equally our labor partners top to come forward with us and take th
al at the time of the theft. a controversial new plan to create a new city in louisiana is raising questions ... about race and class. the racial makeup of the new city would be dramitcally different with residents being mostly white and affluent. last week, supporters of the plan announced that they collected more than half of the signatures needed ... to let voters decide if they can go forward with the municipal plan. al jazeera's ben lemoine has more. >> jeffrey lee doesn't miss a moment with his grandchildren on the north end of baton rouge. and although they're not in school yet, he knows their education will be the key to a better life. i want them to go to a good school and learn as much as they can. >> but that's a challenge in this city where 60% of public school children aren't learning at grade level. >> it's one of the worst school systems in the state. 01:29:28 how many more generations of children do you have to disserve before you have to say let's try something different. >> lionel rainey is part of a group who claim they're pushing for a "different" plan for bette
>> this is al jazeera america live from new york city. i'm tony harris with a look at today's top stories. detroit is bankrupt. >>> a judge made it official today. current bills will be paid but pensions are due to be cut. a new look at the death of yasser arafat. experts say the palestinian leader was not poisoned. and the moment that divers found a shipwreck survivor right after the tugboat sank. it is, indeed, a momentous day. that is how a federal judge ended the hearing announcing that detroit is available t bece a bankrupt city. it is $18 billion in debt but not without potentially hurting pensioners. we're in detroit, diane, the big question now is moving forward how long does this whole process take? >> we're likely to see a reorganization plan in a month or so. but it is likely to be met with opposition from current municipal employees. >> reporter: the judge gave detroit state appointed emergency manager to file bankruptcy. outside the courts were protesters. >> services, pensions will be on the chopping block, our art institutes the water. >> it may be the only way to b
tribute to this giant. >>> coming up new york city mayor elect picks a new york police commissioner. bill braton. why did a man who campain against stop and frisk appoint a man who was a proponent. >>> antonio wha what is it likeo live on minimum wage in the most expensive city in the u.s.? i talked to some fast food employees in new york city. we'll tell you more coming up. >>> what do you think, tell us on "consider this" and google and facebook pages. >>> the man referred to by many as americas' top cop is on his way back to the nypd a after almost 120 years. 20 years. bill braton helped change a city crippled by violence. how does the father of modern aggressive policing get a job from a mayor who campain against stop and frisk. joining us is lou columbo, he runs a protection agency and a long time friend of incoming nypd commissioner bill braton. good to have you here. he was the police commissioner for the first decade of this centrery and he greatly expanded it's use. it's the most basic fundmental tool of america policing we cannot function without it. why would a mayor who is aga
. workers in 100 cities nationwide say they will walk off the job, demanding higher pay. [ chants ] >> the strike is the latest move in a campaign starting months ago. in fact, this was the scene at one protest in august. fast food workers want the wages raised to $15 per hour. the median in the industry is more than $9. about $18,500 a year. anti-government protesters in ukraine are getting support from three former presidents. in a statement they expressed sol darity. it included former president victor uushanko. weeks of protests show no signs of letting up in kiev. there is a lot at stake. >> the crowds on the streets of key eve hope to change their country's future. ukraine, the name translated into english as on the boarder is that. divided between a pro-russian east and a europe een leading west. the sheer number of people coming out in the ukraine resulting in some of the largest pro-e.u. rallies, but also violence on europe. >> speaking in brussels during a nato summit. secretary of state john kerry called on the government to take heed. >> we urged the ukrainian governme
and allows detroit to declare bankruptcy. they are dealing with $20 billion in debt. pensions of city workers could be on the chopping block. >> a new clue in the deadly train crash. a union official says the evening near was nodding off before the train veered off the tracks the metro was traveling 50 miles-per-hour over the speed limit. >> president obama will not let critics kill the affordable care actment thact. the republicans are routing fore rooting for it to fail. >> forensic scientists have concluded that yasser arafat died of natural causes and was not poisoned it contradicts an earlier swiss report that found that the palestinian leader was poisoned by radioactive polonium. those are the headlines i'm john siegenthaler. america tonight is coming up next with joie chen. i will be back at 11:00 eastern and 8:00 pacific you can get the latest news at ♪ >> on america tonight. will they turn out the lights? detroit is clear to go forward on bankruptcy. will it be the move that saves the city services. >> we need everything. we need rigs. we need fire trucks right now w
workers in 100 cities promise to hit the streets to demand higher pay. >> emergency response, what authorities are learning from the desperate 911 calls played dur the newtown massacre. >>> a brutal winter blast. we begin tonight with inequality in the economy and the dangers to young americans. president obama says 10% of the population is now taking home half of the nation's income. he warns the growing canyon between rich and poor is destroying the economy, and threatening the american dream. president obama -- >> the top 20%, has about a two in three chance of staying at or near the top. a child born into the bottom 20% has a less than one in 20 shot at making i.t. to th -- making o the top. he's ten times modifier likely to stay where he is. >> president obama states statistics that shows the average american income is shrinking. the president asked the congress to raise the minimum to $7.10 an hour. encouraging government dependence. white house correspondent mike viqueria joins us with more. mike, why the speech and why now? >> it's a great question john. first of all the fa
are following this hour: the motor city is bankrupt. detroit once the nation's fourth largest city can begin to shed its $20 billion debt. it could mean cutting the pensions of thousands of retired city workers. >> the engineer in control of the train was nodding off shortly before the train lost control in new york. the federal agencies investigating the crash removed the rail union from the investigation saying there was a breach in confidentiality. >> vice president joe biden is on a week-long trip to asia to ease tensions. the plane arrived in china and plans to bring up the island controversy in beijing. while in japan he voiced support. >> the president is defending the health care website. t the white house will campaign for the site. the deadline is 23rd december to register register: you can get the latest online with need manpower. also tonight. lessons learned? the latest read on how u.s. students stack up and what it really says about american i hadcation. hadcation -- education. >> and fashion build. what role you play in one of the world's most polluted places. w
has officially become the largest city in the u.s. to go bankrupt. a federal judge cleared the way for officials to deal with $20 billion in debt. pensions of city workers and retirees could be on the chopping block. that possibility sparks protests. >>> federal investigators say it's too soon to say what caused the derailment in new york. a union official said the engineer was nodding off before the train lost control at 89 miles per hour. four people died, 60 were injured in the crash. vice president joe biden has arrived in beijing. he's meeting with leaders with the territorial dispute in japan. the fighting is heating up. tokyo on tuesday, joe biden emphasised u.s. support for japan. >> there are more protesters in the capital of kiev ukraine. demonstrators are demanding that the government step down. they are angry at the president rejecting closer ties. sneeze are the headlines. "america tonight" is up next. you can always get the latest news on see you back here tomorrow night. need manpower. also tonight. lessons learned? the latest read on how u.s. students
education is the key to life. >> i want them to go to school. >> it's a challenge in a city where 60% of public schoolchildren are not learning at grade level. >> it's one of the worst school systems in the state. how many generations of children do you disserve before you say, "let's try something different." lionel rainey is pushing for a different plan for better schools. by breaking away from baton rouge, and starting a new city. the city of st george would encompass an unincorporated area home to a fifth of the residents, it would control and run schools with its own tax residence. >> it's not about starting a city, it's about education. >> it's about 100% total about education. we came into this saying we want to take accountability for the schools in our area >> critics say st george would take more than accountability. the break-up could cost the city at large $53 million - 20% of its budget and would segregate the city. baton rouge is majority black. st george would be a majority white at a 3:1 ratio. >> now we would have white kids going to school over here on this end of t
for a national strike. >>> tonight, crews are working to clear the scene of a train crash in new york city that de-railed on its way to manhattan. at least four people are dead, 63 more hurt of those, at least 11 are in critical condition tonight. al jazeera kimberly dukehardt has the latest from the bronx. >> fire fighters, police and the ntsb could not working through the night, checking the tracks, the actual train cars, mechanical equipment, communication equipment, to try to figure out what went horrible wrong. the holiday weekend ended in tragedy and chaos for those on board this suburban commuter train in northern new york city. the crash happened early sunday morning. >> incidentally, we have reco recovered the event recorder and downloaded the data off of the locomotive. we haven't had a chance to analyze it or verify it at this point. >> officials say the train was carrying about 150 passengers and heading to new york's granted central terminal. >> there was screaming and people trying out to god and asking for their families. it was pretty gruesome. >> it de-railed on a curved s
at today's top stories. detroit has become the largest u.s. city to ever enter bankcy. the city's $18 billion debt could include cutting pensions. >>> results of drug and alcohol tests on the train operator of the train that went offel rails came in negative. >> an american contractor has been held in a cuban prison for four years. he was setting up internet on the island and the government felt it was to undermine the government. >>> 85-year-old merrill newman has been detained in north korea since october. those are your headlines stori stories. >> what difference will two or three additional dollars per hour make in the life of low-wage americans and their times and the economy as a whole? the debate surrounding raising the minimum wage is the inside story. >> hello, i'm ray suarez. the wheels of the american economy turned with the labor of low wage workers across this country. the dishwashers, retail sales people and healthcare providers who toil at the federal minimum wage haven't seen a pay raise in four years and efforts in congress to find one have stagnated. cities, states,
to last their ship are striking. in 100 cities they are striking, demanding pay. today's strikes are the latest move in a campaign that started last summer. the medium wage is slightly more than $900. >> the workers live in poverty, working in conditions. >> more than two and a quarter americans have non-management jobs with the top 10 fast food chains. anti-government forces, and the post soviet leaders issued solidarity. one is viktor yushenko, coming to power after the orange revolution in 2004. >> the protest scores have persisted for weeks. barnaby phillips reports from kiev. foreign ministers from across europe have come to kiev. this was a scheduled meeting of the osce. it's not in relation to the political crisis specifically, but you can imagine at that meeting ukraine is bound to feature and there'll be different preaches. for example, the general j the polish and the swedish for instances have been outspoken critic much russia's policy towards ukraine. but sergei lavrov, the russian foreign minister is here, and yesterday he condemned what he called n.a.t.o. inference
and a number of cities today demanding a higher minimum wage. they have their pay structures set the way they do. we feel it is the right thing to do for our employees. i think the movement is great, we are starting to -- if this isn't this model here, we are going to copy that business model and every possible sewner of the country that we can. we are opening a second location tomorrow, and so that's sort of proof that it is working. more power to them. this is a capitalistic economy. and people have every right to demand a better wage, and earn a living. and be able to spend time with their families and on things they want to spend it on. >> ryan -- >> investing or -- >> i know we featured your restaurant your chain a few months ago, good to talk to you on al jazeera america, we appreciate your time. brian parker is the co founder of moo cluck moo. in other news now, secretary of state john kerry, made the rounds in the middle east today. he met with israeli is middle east leaders. he also tried to ease concerns to curb the nuclear program. >> let's talk to nick and he is in jerusalem
>> this is al jazeera america live from new york city. i'm tony harris. president bush addressed the growing gap of income between rich ander. >> i believe this is the defining challenge of our time. making sure our economy works for every working american. >> and this session of congress is set to go down in history as the least productive. 911 audio tapes reveal calmness from police dispatchers on the day from the sandy hook elementary school shootings. >> the u.s. economy is growing but today president obama said the income gap between rich and poor americans is growing, too, and he's calling on washington to address the problem. >> a dangerous and growing inequality of upward mobility that jeopardy disease america's basic bargain, if you work hard you have a chance to get ahead. i believe this is the defining challenge of our time. making sure that our economy works for every working everyone. >> oonjonathan betz is here wita breakdown. >> the rich is getting richer and the poor is getting poorer, we hear it all the time, but what does it mean? last year's median income is $5
. >> in 1990, nelson mandela visited new york city. thousands gathered in harlem to hear him speak. jonathan martin is there to tell us about that and what the scene is like tonight. >> a lot of people remember it like it was yesterday, they remember the day in 1990 when the new york city mayor invited nelson mandela to the city. one of the first places he stopped was in harlem. there was a lot of anticipation, excitement, thousands of people came. earlier tonight the apollo theatre had a mark key lit up. the lights went out. it said, "in memory of nelson mandela we remember and love you." a lot of people remember when he came in 1990 it was a big part of the visit. it said welcome home mr and mrs nelson mandela. one of the people who remembered that was the historian, mr billy mitchell. we talked about what that day was like in his memory. >> he was fully aware that all the people from civil rights fighters and to have his preps here, it meant a lot to all of us coming up out of problems. we were going through housing, education, things that of nature. his presence made us feel good, that t
. lebanon's army sets up check points across the northern part of triply. a city on its knees, the city is eligible for bankruptcy. london with all the news from europe, including ukraine's prime minister with those talks the demonstrations continue. and from the ballet to being behind bars, the dancer jailed for an acid attack. french scientists have found more than ten times the level in his chest bone, but say he wasn't poisoned. al jazeera has been briefed on their study into samples taken from arafat's exhumed body, and they conclude he died from a hemorrhage in his brain. clayton swisher has the latest from pace. >> here in paris, nearly a year after yasir arafat's body was resumed, they have made available to mrs. arafat and the legal team, the results of their own report into the skeleton remains. ard cooing to the report, people who have seen it, the french are saying that arafat had brain hemorrhage and digestive infection that caused his death, they say that they are not able to affirm that chromium called his death. that of course, is at odds with what swiss scientists said
city. four people were killed and dozens injured when the train went off the rails on a sharp curve. >> thousands of demonstrators are camped out in key ive a day after demonstrations took a terrible turn. >> the white house says is running smoothly. now it faces a new test - a rush to sign up before this month's deadline. >> blast off - china's first mission to the moon. the jade rabbit gets ready to explore. >> welcome to al jazeera america. thank you so much for joining us. i'm morgan radford live from new york city. >> crews are working to clear the scene of a fatal train derailment in new york city. a southbound commuter train went off the tracks in the bronx as it headed into manhattan. at least four are dead. 63 more were injured much had those 11 are in critical continue. al jazeera's kilmeny duchardt has more from the bronx. >> firefighters, police, crews and the m.t.s.b. continue to work through the night, checking the tracks, cars, mechanical equipment, to try to figure out what went wrong. >> the halliday weekend ended in tragedy and chaos for those on boa
they will. i agree with them. i think they will actually be doing some growth. there will be certain cities where there will be cut backs over time but it looks like part of the settlement includes in three to five year window where they can't cut back in certain hubs they would like to, but that's part of the settlement as well. >> douglas kidd what about the flying public? what is their interest here? >> the flying public has one interest, and that is being able to fly, and of course flying on an airline that is not facing bankruptcy, and that is hopefully making money and will be in a position to treat the customer and the passenger gregory. when an airline is facing financial difficulty, there is a tendency to pinch pennies. it's quite another when american airlines in the past has received proposed fines and penalties for neglecting maintenance. that's really important. so to the extent that this merger can resolve some of those issues so that flying will remain safe and comfortable, then of course the passengers are all for it. >> the general trajectory, if you want to fly anywhere fr
. the commuter train that derailed sunday in new york city was going nearly three times faster than the limit. that's the finding of federal investigators looking that the crash that killed 40 passengers. the train was going 82 miles per hour heading into a 30 miles per hour curve. >> the question remains was this caused by operator error or a mechanical mistake on the tracks, or was there an issue with the brakes. from the nsc today, speed was a factor. that was reported by passengers and witnesses. investigators with the national transport safety board now know that the commuter trail was going too fast as it approached the curve. >> the preliminary information - let me emphasis it's preliminary information - from the event recorders showed the train travelling at 82 miles per hour as it went into a 30 miles per hour. it's too early to know whether speeding was caused by an operational or mechanic call error. >> we don't know whether the brakes went to zero appreciature because of a valve or brake pressure. six seconds before stop there was a power setting. >> all of the passengers and crew
to the city. stage add boycott known as the quiet riot, and natasha joins us live from miami beach with more on that. john, some people consider is this a very dark chapter, not only in the history of miami beach, and miami, but the entire south florida region. that's because half a dozen leaders on top of the governor snubbed him. now, you have to remember on a night like tonight, what their thoughts were more than 20 years later. we would have loved to interview them, but they refused to speak with us. we did speak with a prom minute liter. who put an end to what he calls the nonsenses. the city of miami beach gave the key to the city to a movie character called robo cop, but that year refused to give a key to the city to one of the most inspiring leaders in world history. when i became mayor, the whole thing seemed juvenile to me, that they refused to issue a proclamation, which they gave to the borner bartender they opened up the new store. >> but six area mayors and the governor denounced the leader after he thanked cuban president fidel castro, the libbuation organization and libyan pr
of high-end retail in one of this city's wealthiest districts. what we found today is a lot of people who work in this very wealthy neighborhood, as you might expect, live in a very different world. >> alan joining us from south africa. thank you very much. >>> france said it will start disarming fighters in central african republic. they're voting to send troops to the country to restore stability, today we're hearing about the arrest of a senior rebel commander. >> reporter: if we're hearing from eyewitnesses here in the city that a leader has been arrested by the french, he is a top seleka commander very close to the president here. he was viewed as someone who might take over in it came down to it. he is feared by many in the city. he was interior minister at one point. there is even speculation that he ran a secret prison in the city, and with arrests of those who were loyal to the former president. so big news, and it may potentially have an impact on french operations here at the moment. which they're carrying out, disarming people in the streets of this city basically stopping all
one have stagnated. cities, states, and counties are taking it on themselves to bring their workers to income levels closer to the fiscal realities of these tough times. and it's no easy task. as much debate surrounds the effectiveness of image wage hikes and who really benefits. do these wage controls cost jobs? we'll discuss the issue on this addition of "inside story." but first this background. >> they deserve to live a good life in one of the richest cities in the world. >> reporter: close to 100 people rallied outside washington, d.c. city council chamber as council members inside voted to raise the city's minimum wage to $11.50 an hour. >> congress' failure to act, and congress' failure to take care of those left behind not just from the recession, but as the people who make the most have done better and better, we've become a city of haves and have nots, and a country of haves and have nots. step up and make sure that people have a living wage. >> reporter: with little hope congress will raise the minimum wage t wage. in september california governor jerry brown approved a g
's look back on the day's events right in the center of the ukrainian capital. in the city center it does feel like a revolution is underway. the city hall has become a headquarters for protestors. all day people came in, just have a liquor enjoy the food and hot drinks, or -- look, or enjoy the food and hot drinks. the carpet won't get damaged in these extraordinary times. the problem for the opposition is where do they go from here? how do they turn occupation into political victory? >> translator: the way to resolve this crisis is through early presidential and parliamentary elections. we want a new confidence resolution in the government of ukraine. this government should resign. >> pictures have emerged from sunday night that show that police were at times brutal in their treatment of protestors and journalists. anton was among dozens who were beaten by police. this is all that's left of his camera. officials say 35 were hurt by police, some in hospital. grim routine of life and a cold winter, this is where we met tatiana, selling cabbage and very much in favor of political change.
strike and tells the prime minister she must resign. >> tonight rescuers in new york city are uprighting toppled train cars, searching for more victims in the deadly train crash. the train derailed in the bronx on the way to manhattan. at least four are dead. there are 63 confirmed injuries. 11 are listed in critical condition. >> al jazeera's kilmeny duchardt is live at the scene. what is the latest on the investigation? >> tonight, on this very chilly night, firefighters, police, crews and the mtsb are combing through every part of the scene down there right now, looking at the tracks, the mechanical equipment, the communication equipment to try to figure out what went horribly wrong. >> the holiday weekend ended in tragedy and chaos for those on board this train. it happened early sunday morning. >> we have recovered the event recorder of the cab car. we downloaded the data off the loko motive. we have not had a chance to analyse it at this point. >> the train was carrying about 150 passengers, heading to new york's grand central station. >> the injuries are consistent with broken bon
saying essentially the came thing. they were able to get in very high profile areas in the city, but he said the fight is not over. and in some respect it will kick back in again after the king's birthday on thursday. >>> reports from north korea suggests that the leader has sacked an important power broker. gerald tan reports that it has government officials in south korea wondering how this could effect the future leadership. i'm sorry, we seem to have loss that report, we'll get back to it as soon as we can -- time now to cross to london for the news from europe. let's join lauren taylor. >>> thank you very much. starting with events in ukraine where the opposition has tried but failed to force a vote of no confidence. but the prime minister has apologized by some of the violence by riot police. demonstrators keep up the pressure on the government. our correspondent is in independence square. rory over to you. >> reporter: in the end, lauren, it wasn't even very close, the opposition are a minority in the european parliament. they needed to push through a boundary of 225 votes to get
lake city and kansas city prepare for the mls cup. and in this league the match was a family battle. the entire league is a single business entity. >> we created the structure that allows us at a very high level to think of things that will help the game grow, and to try to avoid. >> it handles tale teams and it proves that it's working. >> i don't think you can find another soccer team in the world that can say the same thing. i believe we have one of the most competitive soccer leagues in the world. >> they're disciplined and organized and careful about how they spend money. the major league soccer has a salary cap of $3 million. >> it can't touch the pay of the three big sports. the nfl salary cap is $123 million. pro basketball, $59 million. that's per team. the entire mls league wide payroll, $89 million according to the league office with each team allowed to over pay key players. >> the reality is that money talks. and players are, you know, are working towards their livelihood. they have limited careers they want to make as much money as possible and no one can fault them fo
in new york city, killing four people. >>> is something else ailing obamacare? >>> taxing online sales. the supreme court has its say. >>> federal investigators are now looking at the black boxes of a train that derailed in new york city on sunday. they want to know what caused the train to jump the tracks, killing four people and injuring dozens more. crews cleared the tracks so service could resume on one of the busiest train lines. jonathan, good afternoon. how are the cleanup efforts going right now? >> well, stephanie, i would say crews are on the final stretches of work, at least here on the scene they brought on a out a cadaver dog. they uprighted most of the cars at this point. this is the final car. if you can see through the bushes here you'll see that final car there. they were just able to upright with these large cranes that they've been using and they've been hauling the other cars away. in fact the one you've been looking at, the earlier video, this is the car that was just inches from the water, where near where the hudson and harl rivers meet. that fourth person found
judge green lights detroit's bankruptcy plan, allowing the city to cut pension plans. >>> joe biden - safety in the sky, a dispute between china and japan. >>> and a report says yasser arafat was not poisoned by radioactive polonium. it it disputes findings that there were high levels of the chemical in his body. >> hello, welcome to al jazeera america. i'm thomas draiton, good to have you with us. we are learning about the man at the controls when a speeding commuter train derailed in new york city, killing four and injuring dozens more. the engineer was in a daze at the time. lisa stark has more on the investigation. >> the national transportation safety board wouldn't say what condition the engineer may have been in prior to the tragedy, but found no indications of mechanic call problems. the brakes on the train, that barrelled along at 80 miles per hour, the breaks were tested before the run began, and worked fine at all the stops before the accident. here is board member earl weener. >> based on this data, there's no indication that the brakes were not functioning. >> rockerfe
stop the deadly violence. >> frozen solid - major american cities at a standstill as an ice storm drifts across the country. >> his spirit and yours - as a family we commit ourselves to uphold and be guided by the prepared to die for >> nelson mandela's family share their grief as the world mourns. president obama and the first lady will travel to south africa for nelson mandela's memorial service next week. >> hello, welcome no al jazeera america, i'm morgan radford live from new york city. reinforcements on the town in trying to end the violence. nearly 400 people have been killed in the fighting in the past three days. france is dispatching more than 1,000 troops and the african union plans to double its forces. 10,000 have fled the capital. officials ordered everyone off the streets of bangui. for the latest on the crisis we start in bangui. a warning - you may find some of these images disturbing. >> french soldiers on food patrol in bangui. this is new to the city and welcomeded by men. they are here to reassure people enough to open up shops. at the moment there's no food o
city makes history for the wrong reasons. the grim news and steps to save detroit from the grim. >> biden in beijing. the vice president in china for a crucial visit. >> image is everything. this is not a photograph of morgan freeman. what it is is simply extraordinary. >> you are looking at live pictures of air force two in beijing china. vice president joe biden landed, days after the b 52 flew no disputed airspace over the south china sea, and questions about the disputed islands between japan and china. that's what the vice president is talking about in budget after leaving japan. we'll have more on that in a moment. >> we begin with this - the deadly train derailment. investigators say it was travelling at 82 miles per hour, three times the limit before the crashing, killing four, leaving dozens injured. with the speed we are learning something new about the man at the controls and what happened in the seconds before the disaster. lisa stark has more on that. >> they wouldn't say what condition rockefella may have been in. there's no indication of mechanical problems. the b
a business in a bankrupt city. detroit opens its very first distillery in 100 years. ♪ good morning and welcome to al jazeera america, i'm morgan live from new york. this morning 26,000 commuters in new york city suburbs have to find another way to get to work. this after a train derailed yesterday just outside of manhattan. the accident left four dead and dozens injured and ntsb investigators have now recovered the train's data recorder and trying to determine exactly what caused the crash. >> our mission is to understand not just what happened but why it happened with the intent of preventing it from happening again. >> reporter: the train jumped the tracks just as it was getting ready to leave the bronx and cross into manhattan and 7 cars derailed with the lead car feet away from the hudson river. it happened along a curved section of the track and trying to figure out the excessive speed played a role. an al jazeera's john is here live from the bronx, john? >> morgan good morning. the hudson line of metro north railroad is one of the busiest commuter rail routes in the world. 2
liabilities detroit's bankruptcy plan, the ruling allowing the city to cut retiree pensions. >> joe biden's trying to find a diplomatic solution over disputes between china and japan. >> he's alive. >> what started as a recovery mission becomes a stunning rescue. the sole survivor of a capsize at sea stuck from days on the bottom of the atlantic. >>> a good morning and welcome to al jazeera america. it's good to have you with us. i'm drait. in a major development. the engineer of the train apparently admitted to a nunion representative that he nodded off at the controls. it happened while the train travelled at 82 miles per hour. the ntsp removed the commoout ear rail employees union, citing a breach of confidentiality when they talked to the media. >> al jazeera correspondent has the latest on the investigation. >> for the first time since the metro north train derailment leaving four dead and dozens injured attention is shifting from mechanical failure, focussing on the train's engineer. >> based on this data, there's no indication that the brake systems were not functions properly. >>
been. a monumentel ruling for the motor city, a judge decides if detroit can file for bankruptcy today. resignation rejected, thailand's prime minister refuses to step down as antigovernment protesters storm her office building. and protection from poachers, how the illegal ivory trade is threatening elephants. ♪ 82 miles per hour, that is how fast federal investigators say a commuter train was traveling before i derailed sunday outside new york city. the train was heading into a dangerous curve and should have been going 30 miles per hour. good morning and welcome to al jazeera america, it's good to have you with us, i'm thomas. crews used heavy equipment to clear the crash scene and turned the derailed cars upright and put them back on the tracks. al jazeera erica has the latest on the investigation and good morning. >> investigators say over the next few days the rail cars and train will be moves to a secure location for a more detailed examination. at this point they have not determined if the train wreck which killed four people and injured 60 others was the result of facility b
arafat's death as the french rule out poisons as the cause. a historic day in detroit, as the motor city becomes the largest municipality ever to enter bankruptcy. the decision clears the way for detroit to shed $18 billion in debt, but not without hurting residents, creditors and pensioners. she is in detroit, bc, what's been the reaction to this decision, a lot of people obviously impacted by this? >> yes, i can tell you that reaction for the most part has been micked. on one hand, you have these retireees who they know for the most part they were dreading this day, and they heard what they didn't want to hear. they were hearing that their pension could be reduced and on the other hand, i am hear alsoing from people who say okay, we realize we recognize and now it is confirmed that the city has a huge financial problem on its hands so maybe we can use this bankruptcy as an opportunity to start over. >> that's the big fear. our mentions may go on the chopping block, our water department may be sold off, and this is the fear. >> for me personally, and for most of the people in detroit. a
of the protests in the center of the city in defiance of their government calling for its resignation. and waving the flag of the european union in many cases. tonight the protesters have had a boost. the german ambassador has arrived. he was due for a conference, and he has met with opposition leaders and said ukraine's route to europe is still hope. i would imagine that the group behind me would be happy about that. >> reporter: the churches of kiev are packed as people look for reassurance and spiritual support. many of those who come to pray have been taking part in the demonstrations in the nearby streets. and protesters who come from other parts of ukraine have been sleeping in the grounds of st. michael's cathedral. >> the church is not involved in politics. we don't take sides. but we do have a role to to support those in need. we have to open our doors. this is our mission. >> but at a nearby square priest have joined the protest movement. take a look at how organized everything is. this is where you can make a donation to the cause. opposition parties and activists ensure this money is
an american teacher. it happened while the man was out runnin running in e eastern city. the imagine cut chemistry, no one has claimed responsible for the attack. six people are dead and several others wounded. was attacked on wednesday, suicide bombers and armed fighters attacked the compound. the gun battle with police, no group has said that it carried out the attack. >> now there are more syrians living in the jordanian province than jordanians. the influx is worrying resident that is say the refugee crieses is maiming them poorer and frustrated. >> the government says this is causing infrastructure to crumble, and that's significant funds are required to meet additional demand for services like water, sanitation, and electricity. >> the u.n. refugee agency and its partners are trying to mitigate the impact of the refugee crisis by funding clean up campaigns to improve sanitation here. an old bakery has been renovated with new equipment, to triple bread production and kate tore a larger population. they appreciate the help, but say jordanians need more support. >> all of these aid ag
... >>> this is al-jazeera america, live from new york city. i am tony harris with a look at today's top stories. >> it tells us what happened. it doesn't tell us why it happened. >> what happened is that the train that de-railed and killed four people in new york was going faster than it was supposed to. but figuring out why could take months. after two months offications, the federal government healthcare web sight appears to be working better but it's not working completely. that could mean more trouble. violent protests pit rich against pour. now, opposition leader threatening to overthrow thailand's government. >> 82 miles per hour. >> that's how fast federal investigators say a commuter train was going when it de-railed on sunday. four people died when the metro-north train jumped the tracks on, on a curve, dozens more were hurt. investigators now know how fast the train was going. they still don't know for sure why it de-railed. let's take you to jonathan martin. he is at the crash site in the bronx. jonathan? >> reporter: hey, tony. you know, investigators have said from t
as investigators look into what caused sunday's deadly train derailment in new york city. >> our mission is to oh understand not only what happened but why it happened with the intent of it ever happening again. >> four people died when a manhattan-bound train jumps the trans in a riverside curve in the bronx. and the derailment is having a huge impact on one of the nation's busiest commuter rail line. we're in the bronx where those train cars derailed. john, explain what you're seeing now. >> reporter: good afternoon. the hudson line is one of the busiest commuter rodz i routes e world. 26,000 people use it every day to get in to new york city and home again, but not today. more than 24 hours after the crash that killed four people and injured more than 60 they're making good progress. but they're still clearing the tracks. >> it was going fast, and as it hit the curve it was flying. >> reporter: in an instant all seven cars came off the tracks and slid down a small hill landing just inches from the hudson river. >> there was screaming, people screaming out for god, and asking for their families
area. >> thank you very much. that's joseph cheng from city university in hong kong. thank you. >>> now, anti-government protesters marched towards the royal thai headquarters in bangkok, despite a truce with authorities, handing the police a letter, calling for an investigation into the death v four protesters. the thai capital saw huge protests for the past 11 days. meanwhile a clean-up operation is under way in bangkok. the nation is preparing to mark the king's birthday on thursday. scott heidler has more. >> and just 24 hours it went from rows of riot police to rows of street sleepers. protesters are taking a pause. they said they would stop tuesday morning, they pulled down barricades. today, wednesday, is the day before the king's birthday. it is clean-up day. this is going to be one of the big sites for the king's birthday on thursday. right now the protesters agreed to stop everything, they'll move everyone out of here. and now they are pitching in with the city workers and they are cleaning up the area. >> now, the ukrainian prime minister says he plans to go ahead with the ca
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